Getting Back to Nature: Access and Recreation in the Protected Spaces of Southwest Britain

People involved in this project

Principal investigator:

School Humanities
Department History of Arts
Dates July 2012 - March 2013
Funder AHRC Early Career Fellowship
Contact person Marianna Dudley

More about this project

This project pioneers the comparative study of two categories of nationally protected land in Britain: national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The central research question is the difference in the formative legislation (Addison Report, 1931; Dower Report, 1945; Hobhouse Report 1947) that determined the selection, designation, and future protection of landscapes as either national park or AONB. National parks, from the outset, had a dual purpose to protect landscapes for their natural beauty and preserve them for the enjoyment and open-air recreation of the British public. AONBs did not receive a statutory mandate to provide recreation and public access. This was initially a protective designation without the clear position regarding recreation and access that national parks were given from the start.